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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 13, 2008 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: They ARE a category

Good memory, MS; was sure we have covered it a few times since 06, but can never find the threads...

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Feb 14, 2008 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: They ARE a category

I know plenty of people who don't like the Dead. They don't have bad taste in music, and they're not idiots. They just-don't-get it. From a traditional, musical perspective, I understand completely. Also, these people are smart enough to understand that there's something there, something valid and real, that I do get, that I love, and they're fine with it. They don't write it off to being on "chemicals" or whatever (a bummer right near the beginning of my show going days put me off L for a few years. Only show I did it at was my last, Atlanta, '94. All the others, nothing stronger than ganj, beer, maybe a mild pshroom head; at a couple,I was on nothing at all).

I find it's good policy to respect folks' experiences, to a point. I mean, if you're into Matchbox 20 or Rascal Flatts, then no, I don't get it. We may be able to hang, just keep music out of it. But a group like Phish, I mean, I don't get it, don't like it at all (I'm not into any "jam bands," really), but you know, I can see how some people do.

The Dead, I think you have to put something into it to get something out of it. You have to listen with your mind on, especially at first. It took me a while to really get it. The second record I bought was "For the Faithful" on cassette. Around the beginning of eleventh grade. I'll never forget how crestfallen I was, driving home from the record store, eleven dollars poorer, hearing "The Race is On" and thinking, "oh, fuck, they've gone country."

Which Grateful Dead do you mean, that's a very good point. Few bands have been so protean for so many years. I slipped the first record on one night, for my ex and her tres fab, new-mod, scenester friends. They were digging it--I knew they would--and it was a fine moment when the immemorial question, "who is this?" came, and I told them.



This post was modified by blacklakelight on 2008-02-14 16:27:41

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Feb 15, 2008 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: They ARE a category

u twisted my words

bad carma

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Feb 15, 2008 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: They ARE a category

Oh shit, man, you know I realized later that might be mistaken as a direct reference to your post. It wasn't meant to be, and I should have edited it. Your word "idiots" did jump out at me at first, but I got what you meant. Guess it had stuck in my head while typing mine.

Sorry for the confusion, everybody, I wasn't coming down on fireeagle.

Sorry, fireeagle.

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Feb 14, 2008 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: They ARE a category

BlackLakeLight, you got it! Most people never tuned in, their name and skeleton motiff was the gatekeeper... if you were brave or adventurous to see past it, you found the music juxtposed the image. From 9 to 90...the same old question...who is that?...the what?